SA airports increase security

29 May 2007

As of 1 June 2007, international travellers using South Africa’s airports will be prohibited from carrying hand luggage containing liquids, aerosols and gels exceeding 100 millilitres.

The Airports Company of South Africa’s (Acsa) operations director, Bongani Maseko, said last week that the new security measures were in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s standards.

“We recommend that passengers should place all liquids, aerosols and gels (LAG) in their check-in luggage, however passengers who decide to carry LAGs for various reasons need to take these regulations into account when planning their trips,” Maseko said.

With the new regulations, passengers will not be allowed to carry on board items in their hand luggage which exceed 100ml, such as perfume, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, toothpaste and hair gel.

Maseko warned that hand luggage with LAGs exceeding 100ml would be confiscated, while passengers would only be allowed to carry one parcel onboard.

International travellers would be required to place essential liquids to be carried on board in a re-sealable clear, plastic bag with a capacity of not more than one litre and a total diameter of 80 centimetres.

Each item containing liquid cannot exceed 100ml in quantity and must fit comfortably inside of the sealed bag.

Acsa has ordered 200 000 plastic bags, which will be handed out to passengers at the country’s three main airports free of charge until the end of June. They will also be made available at retail stores countrywide.

With prior arrangement, permission will be granted to people with medical problems if they produce a doctor’s prescription to that effect.

Items carried on board that need to be placed in bags include formula, milk and food for babies in small containers, prescription medicine in liquid and gel form, essential non-prescription medication not exceeding 100ml per container, eye care products, liquids and gels, including juice needed by diabetic passengers.

Lipsticks in tubes, solid deodorant, lip balm and similar solids will be allowed on board as well.

Any duty free liquid, gel or aerosol products purchased after security checkpoints should be placed in special security bags by the store and customers connecting to further destinations are advised to keep these sealed throughout their journey.

Maseko assured the air travellers that as part of Acsa’s efforts to ensure passengers comply with the new requirements, an educational campaign would be initiated countrywide.

Source: BuaNews